DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)
We have switched to a grain-free, paleo-based diet and I'm trying to get a sense of the cost and how to make it work! We live in a rural area and it takes some planning to access organic veg and grass-fed meats. Not impossible, but you can't just walk into the store and grab'n'go. The co-op is a 30 minute drive. Today I'll be picking up an order of grassfed beef direct from a farmer. Nothing makes me happier than a stocked freezer! I'm considering signing up for a spring CSA for $29 per week for 8-10 kinds of vegetables. What do you all think?
I've actually had a blast trying the grain-free/paleo approach - lots of new recipes and experimentation! I just hope I can get a good base of easy recipes together before I burn out on all this cooking!
We are grain-free, kind of like paleo, but also do dairy... I think that's called lacto-paleo if you wanted to label it. The raw milk is an added expense to all the things you already have listed. I spend about $600/month, family of 5 - two older kids, but 1 toddler who doesn't eat a lot. We do meat from local farmer, have our own chickens and ducks and in the warmer months have a ridiculous amount of veggies and fruits from our own yard, so hopefully we can get below $600 in the Summer! I have started using a lot of offal (liver, heart) either subbed for meat or as a percentage of the meat (added into ground beef usually), which cuts down on the cost and is so much more nutritious!
We already do make our own flour (coconut and almond), but even though I love baked goods, I just don't find the time to make them more than once a week, so we really just don't eat many bread products. I haven't even found any at the store that are actually grain free (only gluten free ones), so that's not a temptation :)
We also do have a great scratch-and-dent food store here with lots of organic foods that fit our diet!
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I think it sounds pretty good! Making your own breads sounds like that could be a good place to save some money too. We are GF and moving towards lacto-paleo (hey thanks root!) as we just can't give up our dairy! NOM NOM!
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I'm so glad that I found this forum! We're also a Primal-eating family of three with one on the way. I keep crossing my fingers to be able to save up for a freezer and to get in on a cow share or pig share one of these days. Right now, we simply make due with food from the grocery store as best we can, but we avoid all grains (I have Celiac). Hubs and the little one have pizza on Friday nights as their special treat, but I obviously skip that. I'd say we spend around $400 a month on food, give or take. We save a lot of money buying frozen veggies and drinking water instead of soda or other things. Our state isn't raw milk friendly, though I would definitely spring for that if I could.
Wow, I'm running off on a tangent, sorry!
DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)
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